Bad news for drinkers in Delhi as point of sale discounts disappear from September 1
Amid ongoing confusion over liquor sales in Delhi, there is good news and bad news.
The good news is that some 500 government-run outlets will open in the nation’s capital on September 1. But there’s a catch – booze won’t be as cheap as Delhi residents have grown accustomed to.
More Alcohol Discounts
Under the old excise policy which the government has now reinstated, alcohol must be sold at the maximum retail price set by the excise department.
This means that discounts and other offers advertised by private liquor outlets will soon be a thing of the past.
Since the government announced the end of the 2021-22 excise policy, some outlets have been offering higher discounts and “buy one, get one free” offers to finish their stock before the date. limit.
According to a document from the Excise Department, holders of an L-6 license (government-run stores) will be required to sell alcohol only at the prices set by the Excise Commissioner which will be listed on the bottle labels.
“Any underpricing or overcharging will be considered a violation of the terms and conditions and the license will be subject to termination,” the document states.
21 dry days in Delhi
Another major change is the number of dry days which will now increase to 21 from 3 under the 2021-22 excise policy.
“Under the old excise policy, there were 21 days when shops remained closed on important religious holidays and birthdays of great personalities in the country. Since then, the government has decided to revert to the old excise policy that existed before November 17, 2021, it is likely to retain the 21 dry days,” officials said.
700 alcohol outlets by the end of 2022
The excise policy under which private alcohol sales are currently in effect in the city ends on August 31. Government corporations in Delhi will hold retail alcohol sales from September 1 and there will be no private players in the segment.
The four Delhi government corporations – DTTDC, DSIIDC, DCCWS and DSSC will manage the outlets in the nation’s capital, including the higher end ones.
Government-run liquor dispensers will have a carpet area of 300+ square feet and will be located in local malls or business premises. In the 2021 Excise Policy, the minimum carpet area for sales was set at 500 square feet.
Liquor stores will be at least 100 meters from major educational institutions, religious venues and 50-bed hospitals.
The Delhi government has said the number of liquor outlets in the capital will increase to 700 by the end of this year.
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